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Arch Angel
04-26-2006, 03:16 PM
I'm about 3/4 of the way done with my deployment here & shortly after I get back home, my enlistment in the Army National Guard will end.

The Army (National Guard) has offered me a $15,000 bonus to reenlist for another 6 years. Since I am currently in a combat-zone, the bonus is TAX-FREE & paid in a lump sum.

Part of me is tempted to go ahead & do it, get the $15,000 & continue with this part-time job... after all, it's just one weekend a month + two weeks year & it's also a little extra money every month ($269). The other benefit is that I get to go to some pretty cool schools & pick up some pretty exclusive skills (HALO, Surveillance/Counter-Surveillance, SFAUC, Language Schools, etc...). The value of my MOS (job) is becoming more apparent each day as warfare against the US has evolved more into an uncoventional war against terrorists. If I sign up for another 6 years, I can almost assure myself a career with the NSA, CIA, or any number of the alphabet organizations.

The other part feels that I've had my adrenaline kick, seen enough action for a lifetime & done my part in serving my country as I've been deployed to fight in two seperate wars. Now I feel that I need some time for myself... go independent & make a lot of money, settle down & start a family. Being in a Special Forces unit, I know that we will most likely be deployed again to fight in some other war. Now with Iran's nuclear development issue, there is a good chance that we might go there in a few years. I don't want to lose out on another opportunity to be with someone because I had to head off into the sunset for another year sometime in the future.

One is a sure thing and is as easy as signing my name on the dotted line, the other is uncertain, but it leaves me open for much better opportunities.

Tough... tough decision...

:(

SuperG
04-26-2006, 03:47 PM
Whew! That must be tough to consider! Please let me just say that you HAVE done your part and you should be VERY proud!

Whatever you do in your future is up to you and your family...perhaps it's time to be a little more selfish, rather than selfless? Then again, there is always time later to be more centered on your wants and desires...or is there?

As I have watched your posts and the replys you have received, I easily conclude that everyone here is proud of you (and that won't change regardless of your future plans!) and wishes you and your comrades-in-arms a safe return!

bluethunder
04-26-2006, 05:23 PM
Not a real tough problem IMO. You've severed your country more than most nowadays. Sure $15K sounds like alot of Money, But is it worth it to put your life on the line again, and again, and again...you get the point. Come home, Start a family, and live your life for you, Not for them. These days it seems more and more that the people of the ol USof A don't really care if a good man dies for their freedom on some foreign Soil. I for one THANK YOU NICK. You are willing to pay the ultimate price for me to be an a-hole here in this country. you protect me and my wife and my family with your Bravery.

Come home and be Proud of what you've done for this country, But $15K is nothing to what you mean to alot of people here now and what you could mean to some ucky woman in the future or maybe even your own kids.

When I read this I asked my Father ( retired USMC, 2 tours in Nam) what he would do in your situation......

His response, He was offered something like this in '69 and he feels that if he would have signed, I wouldn't be here today. He feels that if you have put your "TIME" in the get out when you can and have your own Life.



BE safe and we are praying for you at Lakewood on Sundays Nick. Be safe and we hope to see you soon and not have to worry about that post or Phone cal!!!!!!

tazzracing1
04-26-2006, 05:50 PM
I don't know how many years you have in that is one thing to consider. The bonus is great. I have my son going in this year and we talked alot about this decision and everything that is going on in the world and he has mind set on joining. I will support him and you as well as all of our troops that serve our country. I have been in your shoes and yes it is a hard choice to make all I can say is think long and hard and make your choice from there you truely are the only one that knows what is right for you and your goals in life. I did 12yrs and got out becuase of problems with my son and that was the only reason I got out. I respect what ever your choice is you have served your country well and its your option to continue to do that or get out and take with you what you have learned and do the best you can do with it. God Bless you and all who serve our country.

03 cobra toy
04-26-2006, 06:16 PM
You did your time ! It's time to cash out :thumbsup:

Stay safe Nick!

Evilcartman
04-26-2006, 08:44 PM
Come back home. I will give you a $.15 cent sign on bonus to fight the Red Baron for 6 more years. He is out of practice and needs the taste of battle.

Really, I would also think of it another way. None of us are getting younger. Add 6 years to your age and then add getting hooked up with the right lady, nine months of pregnancy and then 18 years until high school graduation. I will have grey hair when Kevin walks, but I will still be standing, hopefully, on my own power. I also hope to watch his children grow. Besides, you have enough heroism in your family blood for this whole board.

97CasperCobra
04-26-2006, 09:32 PM
Not a real tough problem IMO. You've severed your country more than most nowadays. Sure $15K sounds like alot of Money, But is it worth it to put your life on the line again, and again, and again...you get the point. Come home, Start a family, and live your life for you, Not for them. These days it seems more and more that the people of the ol USof A don't really care if a good man dies for their freedom on some foreign Soil. I for one THANK YOU NICK. You are willing to pay the ultimate price for me to be an a-hole here in this country. you protect me and my wife and my family with your Bravery.

Come home and be Proud of what you've done for this country, But $15K is nothing to what you mean to alot of people here now and what you could mean to some ucky woman in the future or maybe even your own kids.

Well said Joey!!! :thumbsup:

Nick, none of us here on the boards could be more proud of what you have done for your country and all of us. While I love to know that you could continue the "good fight", I'd much rather have you down here so we could hang out, shoot the sh!t, and get to know everyone again.

Come on home, there's BOUND to be that lucky lady here in Houston somewhere, find her and start a family. It's time to start "Nick's Life". :thumbsup:

Till then....be safe and watch your 6. You and your fellow soldiers are in our prayers. :flag:

Andy M
04-26-2006, 10:34 PM
Amen to everything said here already, so I won't repeat any of it.

I will say however that I too am damned proud to be an American, and I am also very proud of ALL of our men and women in uniform who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and way of life. You ALL have my deepest respect and sincerest thanks!! :raise:

As said already, YOU need to make this decision and not worry about what anyone else thinks or says. In my opinion, you have already done WAY more than most folks. :thumbsup:

Keep us posted.

Firme
04-26-2006, 11:22 PM
Nick,

This thread is full of the sentiments that I share. I think you have to do some soul searching and really figure out what is best for you. The general way of looking at it would be, count your blessing, you have served your county, come back home to share the company of friends and look to start a family. You need to figure out, deep down, which path you need to follow to truly be happy. As your friend, I would like to see you back home, out of harms way, as you have done your part. I don't think it has been said enough, thank you for all that you, and ALL of the military men and women, do for this country.

Arch Angel
04-27-2006, 07:23 AM
Friends,


Thank you for all of your words. I think it's time that I pray about this.

Levi
04-27-2006, 09:18 AM
Nick, we need you to just bring your butt home. :thumbsup:

as Phill would say

Just do it, do it, do it.

jimmysidecarr
04-27-2006, 09:29 AM
Friends,


Thank you for all of your words. I think it's time that I pray about this.

I think that's where you will be best investing your time on this important matter...

It will allow you to really clear your head... and if you get an idea or two.... chances are they will be sound. :thumbsup:

sbc.cobra
04-27-2006, 01:45 PM
The other part feels that I've had my adrenaline kick, seen enough action for a lifetime & done my part in serving my country as I've been deployed to fight in two seperate wars. Now I feel that I need some time for myself... go independent & make a lot of money, settle down & start a family. Being in a Special Forces unit, I know that we will most likely be deployed again to fight in some other war. Now with Iran's nuclear development issue, there is a good chance that we might go there in a few years. I don't want to lose out on another opportunity to be with someone because I had to head off into the sunset for another year sometime in the future.




this tells me that your mind is made up...come home and buy my car! i'll make you a brother-in-law deal :D

seriously though, you've put your time in...TWICE (including Desert Storm), you've dodged enough bullets and fired your weapon in anger enough times. i'm sure you know more than anyone that if you can't TOTALLY commit to the SF units, it's not worth it. $15k is nothing when you figure it out over the 6 years. you could probably get that CIA or NSA job right now if you wanted to...or something like DEA or FBI if that suited you.

come home, buy my car and have fun driving it. :thumbsup:

Arch Angel
04-27-2006, 02:27 PM
Brother in law deal? Do you have a sister that you want to throw into the deal? If so I'm going to need some pics.

I know that I can make an extra $15K (outside of my regular salary) within six years, but when it's all right in front of you, tax-free in one lump sum staring at you, it's somewhat tempting. I do realize that the money, as tempting as it is, is just the proverbial carrot. The other piece of this puzzle is that I'm afraid of missing out.

When I finished my first tour of duty after Desert Storm & got out, I remember seeing animals dragging the bodies of US soldiers in the streets of Somolia on tv. It infuriated me & right there & then I wanted to be back in the Army to exact some revenge on those animals.

Also, there are several schools left that I would be sent to (if I stayed in) that will assure my career with the ABC organizations (I'm am not a full Jedi Master yet). Also, when NY eventually gets nuked, I would like to be part of the SpecOps community when we have to come back here or, somewhere else in the Middle East to turn those responsible into fertilizer.

A quote that fits me well:

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man & those that have hunted armed men long enough & liked it, never cared for anything else thereafter."

E. Hemingway

this tells me that your mind is made up...come home and buy my car! i'll make you a brother-in-law deal :D

seriously though, you've put your time in...TWICE (including Desert Storm), you've dodged enough bullets and fired your weapon in anger enough times. i'm sure you know more than anyone that if you can't TOTALLY commit to the SF units, it's not worth it. $15k is nothing when you figure it out over the 6 years. you could probably get that CIA or NSA job right now if you wanted to...or something like DEA or FBI if that suited you.

come home, buy my car and have fun driving it. :thumbsup:

ORANGE CRUSH
04-27-2006, 03:29 PM
You are getting to damn old to fight. Come home before you fall and break your hip.:D

Arch Angel
04-28-2006, 12:26 AM
You are getting to damn old to fight. Come home before you fall and break your hip.:DSpeaking from personal experience there Gramps? We're the same age aren't we?
I'll se you at the Viagra Cross-Country Walker Challenge. :p

ORANGE CRUSH
04-29-2006, 09:43 AM
Speaking from personal experience there Gramps? We're the same age aren't we?
I'll se you at the Viagra Cross-Country Walker Challenge. :p
Ok, meet you there.:thumbsup:

texaswrx
05-01-2006, 07:45 PM
I felt the same way after getting out. I watched the footage of the pilots in Somalia, and I became enraged. I did many of the same schools, just not under the MOS of a SF soldier. I finished up my time in the Army IRR, and I was done. Many times I stepped into the recruiters office over the years, talked to them, and left. Good luck and get back safe. I will buy you a frosty beverage of your choice when you hit Stateside (Texas):thumbsup:

John P
16S